'''Reuben Dimond Mussey, Sr.''' (1780-1866) was a medical doctor and an early opponent of tobacco. His son Reuben D. Mussey, Jr.
was a lawyer and the husband of Ellen Spencer Mussey
, the founder of the first law school for females.
Mussey was born in Rockingham County, New Hampshire
. He was of French Huguenot
descent, and his father, John Mussey, was also a medical doctor. Mussey studied at Dartmouth College
and then learned medicine under Nathan Smith (physician)|Nathan Smith
He began the practice of medicine in Essex County, Massachusetts
. However, he then went to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
where he did further medical studies, graduating in 1809. Among his professors at the University of Pennsylvania was Benjamin Rush
He then was a professor at the medical school at Dartmouth College and also at Middlebury College
, as well as serving as a medical lecturer at other institutions....